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New York Department of State Announces Grant Opportunities for Northern Border Region

New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado today announced the availability of federal grants to support North Country communities via new jobs, enhanced services and increased investment in the region. The grants are generated by the multistate Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC).

This year, up to $2.5 million will be available for projects in the New York’s Northern Border, including those in Clinton, Franklin, Fulton, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Oswego, St. Lawrence, Cayuga, Essex, Hamilton, Herkimer, Madison and Seneca counties. Municipalities and not-for-profits are encouraged to apply for up to $500,000 for eligible infrastructure projects, and up to $250,000 for all other types of eligible projects.

“Local governments and non-profits in the Northern Border region submit high quality proposals for this critical funding, proving they make a real difference in their communities,” said New York State Secretary of State Rossana Rosado. “With 14 counties along the northern border, New York is in a unique position to benefit from these funds, and we are proud of our partnerships to support these local efforts.”  

The NBRC is a regional economic development partnership between federal, state and local governments covering portions of New York, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.  Established by Congress in the 2008 Farm Bill, the Commission is composed of the governors of the four Northern Border states and a federal co-chair appointed by the President. Each year Congress appropriates funds for Commission programs.

The Department of State’s Division of Local Government Services works with the Northern Border Regional Commission and regional planning organizations to solicit project applications for funding. The application can be found on the NBRC’s web site. The application due date is May 11, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

To be eligible for this year’s grants, project proposals must address:


“Because they are generated and devised by the local leaders as critical pieces to the regional economy, they have a great effect on the region” said Mark P. Pattison, Deputy Secretary of State for Local Government Services. “The submissions for these grants enable the Department of State to annually recommend a group of projects with diverse impacts across Northern New York.” 

In 2017, the NBRC, with the Department of State’s recommendation, approved $2.2 million for the region for the following programs: